November 19, 2013 | | Comments 0
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And yet another Top 10 list…

Recently, ECRI unveiled its list of the Top 10 Healthcare Technology Hazards (here’s an article discussing this topic). And strangely enough, there is at least a couple that I think you will find oh-so-very familiar. Hopefully, you’re already working on the hazards that fall under your jurisdiction (which will vary from organization to organization), but I think it’s never a bad idea to take a look at what the think tanks are identifying (best believe that your favorite regulatory agency—insert name here—is keeping close tabs on groups like ECRI) and plan accordingly. I’m just going to list the hazards as indicated by ECRI, but if anyone out there in radio land has an interest in more in-depth discussion, please let me know and we can do just that. That said, I think these are pretty straightforward.

1)      Alarm hazards

2)     Infusion pump medication errors

3)     CT radiation exposures in pediatric patients

4)     Data integrity failures in EHRs and other health IT systems

5)     Occupational radiation hazards in hybrid ORs

6)     Inadequate reprocessing of endoscopes and surgical instruments

7)     Neglecting change management for network devices and systems

8)     Risks to pediatric patients from “adult” technologies

9)     Robotic surgery complications due to insufficient training

10)   Retained devices and unretrieved fragments

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Steve MacArthur About the Author: Steve MacArthur is a safety consultant with The Greeley Company in Danvers, Mass. He brings more than 30 years of healthcare management and consulting experience to his work with hospitals, physician offices, and ambulatory care facilities across the country. He is the author of HCPro's Hospital Safety Director's Handbook and is contributing editor for Briefings on Hospital Safety. Contact Steve at stevemacsafetyspace@gmail.com.

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